Friday, March 18, 2016
Where: The Paramount
Cost: $56 / $39 / $29
With over 20 years of making music under his belt, Keller Williams is best knows as a one-man band for his exciting and unpredictable live stage show constructed around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs while accompanying himself on an acoustic guitar and creating samples on the fly in front of the audience, a technique called live phrase sampling or looping. Recent years have found Keller fronting a handful of collaboration projects – as Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys, Keller and The Keels, with his six–piece outfit More Than a Little, and with the newly debuted Keller Williams Trio featuring Rob Wasserman and Rodney Holmes and The Keller Williams KWahtro featuring Gibb Droll, Danton Boller and Rodney Holmes. For “Shut the Folk Up and Listen,” Keller goes back to his earliest roots: stripped down and loop-less with just him and his guitar and alongside one of his biggest musical heroes.
Famed acoustic player Leo Kottke is known for a fingerpicking style that draws on blues, jazz, and folk music, and for syncopated, polyphonic melodies. Kottke overcame a series of personal obstacles, including partial loss of hearing and a nearly career-ending bout with tendon damage in his right hand to emerge as a widely recognized master of his instrument. In concert, Kottke intersperses humorous and often bizarre monologues with vocal and instrumental selections from throughout his career, played solo on his 6- and 12- string guitars.
What to expect:
This very special evening of music will feature a solo set by each artist and some spontaneous collaborations between Williams and Kottke.